Transition Ethics

The Transition Movement’s strategy is to foster an inclusive and diverse network of community-based initiatives involving people of various ages, faiths, and political affiliations from all sectors of our communities. The movement does hold some basic ethical values that are important to name and honor, however. At the very heart of Transition movement is the commitment to work together collaboratively to create a world that is environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling. The Transition Movement also embodies the ethical convictions embodied in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Earth Charter, and the three core values of:

  • Earthcare: recognizing that the Earth is the source of all life, that the Earth is our only home and that we are a part of the Earth’s web of life, not separate from it.
  • Peoplecare: supporting and helping each other to live in a way that is not harmful to ourselves or the planet, and to promote just and healthy societies.
  • Fairshare: ensuring that the Earth’s limited resources are utilized in ways that are equitable and wise for both the present and future wellbeing of the human family and the entire biosphere.

While the Transition Movement is not an explicitly spiritual movement, or an explicitly pacifist movement, its basic ethical commitments are consistent with the ethical principles of many faith traditions, including the Quaker movement and its core testimonies of simplicity, nonviolence, integrity, community, and equality.


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